127 bodies recovered from 2009 Airbus crash site so far

A total of 127 bodies have been recovered since the start of the search for the Airbus A330 plane that crashed in the Atlantic in June 2009, a Brazilian association of the victims' families said on Tuesday.

// May. 31, 2011 - 13:27 GMT


Russian Press at a Glance, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A brief look at what is in the Russian papers today

// May. 31, 2011 - 14:42 GMT


Police seize grenade launchers from Moscow region resident

Police have seized two grenade launchers from a resident of a village near Moscow, a police source said on Tuesday.

// May. 31, 2011 - 14:57 GMT


The international conference “Modernization of the Russian Armed Forces and Cooperation in International Security”

Military section of Valdai International Discussion Club, which took place on May 25–27 in Moscow, gathered prominent experts and military specialists from leading research centers, universities and state agencies from Russia, the United States, Europe and Japan.

// May. 31, 2011 - 15:32 GMT


Russian investors parking billions abroad despite oil revenue, strengthening ruble

Investment money is pouring out of Russia, despite the high price of oil and the strengthening ruble. Its a combination that hasnt been seen before, and it threatens to do lasting damage to the economy and to President Dmitry Medvedevs modernization efforts. </p>

// May. 31, 2011 - 16:23 GMT


Russia signs Afghan arms contract with US

Russia is to supply military helicopters to the US for use in Afghanistan, marking a major arms contract between the former cold war foes. US defence officials have defended the decision to buy the Russian-built helicopters, citing the familiarity of most Afghan pilots with the aircraft, which are tailor-made for operations in mountainous terrain.

// May. 31, 2011 - 16:25 GMT


Shanghai Cooperation Organization outflanking U.S. in Mideast, Central Asia regions

The most urgent issues for Russia and China have been Western intervention in Libya, events in Syria, charges of the Wests hypocrisy concerning Bahrain, and the U.S. determination to keep a military presence in Iraq, all of which suggest that the West is determined to maintain a controlling presence in the Middle East. </p>

// May. 31, 2011 - 16:27 GMT


Khodorkovsky appeals for parole

Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev are appealing for parole after serving more than half of their sentences, the two men's website has said.

// May. 31, 2011 - 17:07 GMT


Sberbank doubles Q1 net profit to 86.8 billion rubles

Russia's top lender Sberbank's first quarter 2011 IFRS net profit almost doubled year-on-year to 86.8 billion rubles ($3.1 billion), the bank said on Tuesday.

// May. 31, 2011 - 17:40 GMT


Kamchatka volcano sends ash 9km into sky

An active volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula is currently spewing plumes of ash at a height of up to 9 kilometers (5.6 miles), Russian scientists reported on Tuesday.

// May. 31, 2011 - 17:50 GMT